Q & A With My Coach Josh Maio

I'll never forget how confusing and frustrating it was to be a new runner. I thought running was simple! You just put one foot in front of the other and go as far as you can, right? NOPE. The more I ran, the more I started reading and soon, I was drowning in information. I had bitten off way more than I could chew and instead of feeling content with my new vocabulary, I was overwhelmed. Hill repeats? Yasso 800s? Fartlek and energy gels? What did it all mean and did it apply to me? The amount of information that was coming at me was overwhelming. Honestly, I still get confused when faced with conflicting information. 

One of the reasons I was excited to bring on a Coach to help me shave 28 minutes off of my marathon time to help me BQ during the Chicago Marathon this year (New runners, I bet you're thinking "WHAT THE HELL IS BQ? Fear not, BQ means Boston Qualifying--the time you have to run to gain entry into the Boston Marathon) was so that I could have a go to professional who could answer all of my running questions in real time. Google is great but it gives me conflicting information from sources I don't always trust. My coach Josh is an invaluable resource and he has agreed to sit down throughout the BQ or Bust series and answer your running questions as well!

From fueling to pushing through discomfort and getting faster, check out the first installment of Q & A with my coach Josh Maio!

Part 1

  • Who can benefit from a running coach?
  • Mid run fueling.
  • Alternatives to energy gels.
  • Running to lose weight.

Part 2

  • How to run faster.

Part 3

  • Running in heat & humidity.
  • Strength training.

Part 4

  • Pre-race anxiety.
  • Recovering from a bad race.
  • Cross training.

Part 5

  • Running back to back marathons.
  • Foot strike 101.
  • Running & breathing.

It's the first of many Q & A's with my coach Josh and my Physical Therapist Mike, so leave a question in the comments below for a chance to have it answered in our next Q & A!

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.